McGeever History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McGeever surname is thought to have derived from an Old Norse personal name Ivarr of uncertain origin. It became a given name in Ireland, Scotland and Wales before becoming a hereditary surname.

Early Origins of the McGeever family

The surname McGeever was first found in Dumbartonshire. The first on record was "Douenaldus filius Makbeth mac Ywar was one of the perambulators of the boundary between the lands of Arnbroath Abbey and the barony of Kynblathmund, 1219." [1]

Early History of the McGeever family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGeever research. Another 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1479, 1479, 1488, 1931, 1499, 1541, 1562, 1563, 1638, 1659, 1621, 1644, 1621, 1622, 1640, 1644 and are included under the topic Early McGeever History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGeever Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacIver, MacIvor, MacCure, MacEure, MacUre and many more.

Early Notables of the McGeever family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGeever Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the McGeever family to Ireland

Some of the McGeever family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McGeever migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGeever Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ellen McGeever, aged 19, who landed in America from Ballenful Co. Sligo, Ireland, in 1907
  • John McGeever, aged 35, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1907
  • Michael McGeever, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1907
  • Annie McGeever, aged 52, who settled in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1909
  • Bridget McGeever, aged 12, who immigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McGeever (post 1700) +

  • John McGeever (b. 1939), former American football cornerback in the American Football League
  • Francis McGeever (b. 1917), American politician, American Independent Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1970 [2]
  • Kitty McGeever (1966-2015), born Catherine Jane Mitchell, an English actress and comedienne, best known for her role as Lizzie Lakely in Emmerdale from 2009 to 2013, the first blind actress to be cast in a British soap opera


The McGeever Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Numquam obliviscar
Motto Translation: I will never forget.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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